Abbey Christian Brothers' Grammar School

The Abbey Christian Brothers' Grammar School (Irish: Scoil na Mainistreach, Iúr Cinn Trá [1]) is a voluntary day school for boys aged 11 – 18 years in Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland.

Abbey Christian Brothers' Grammar School, Newry
77a Ashgrove Road

County Down
BT34 1QN

Northern Ireland
Coordinates54°10′19″N 6°19′55″W / 54.172°N 6.332°W / 54.172; -6.332Coordinates: 54°10′19″N 6°19′55″W / 54.172°N 6.332°W / 54.172; -6.332
School typeBoys Grammar
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Established1851; 171 years ago (1851), current site - 2010
StatusChristian Brothers' Grammar School
School boardEducation Authority (South Eastern)
PrincipalSean Sloan
Staff80 approx.
Age11 to 18
HousesBreffni, Donard, Iveagh, Oriel, Slemish
SportsGaelic Football, basketball, rugby
NewspaperThe Abbey Way


The school was established in 1851 by members of the Congregation of Christian Brothers. It was named after a Cistercian Abbey founded on the site by St Malachy in 1144. Since then the school had been located at several sites around Newry including Chapel Street, Kilmorey Street, the Carstands at Margaret Street and the Mall, then on to Abbey Yard.[2] From 1966 to 2010 it was located at Courtenay Hill. In 2010, it moved to a new £18 million building on the outskirts of Newry. The school gives its name to many streets surrounding the former site such as Abbey Yard and Abbey Heights.[3]

The school was originally entirely run by the Irish Christian Brothers, but in the late twentieth century their numbers declined and the school is now entirely staffed by lay teachers. It is now under the trusteeship of the Edmund Rice Schools Trust (NI).


The school provides instruction in a range of academic subjects. In 2018, 94.5% of its entrants achieved five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C, including the core subjects English and Maths.[4]

77.2% of its students who sat the A-level exams were awarded three A*-C grades.[5]

Notable former pupilsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Welcome to the Abbey Grammar School". Archived from the original on 25 November 2020. Retrieved 4 January 2021.
  2. ^ Boyle, Fabian. "Three Cheers For "The Good Old Abbey Boys"". Newry Memories. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  3. ^ "The Abbey Grammar School". Retrieved 6 December 2019.
  4. ^ "Belfast Telegraph GCSE 2018". Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Belfast Telegraph A-Level: Northern Ireland School League Tables 2019". Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Abbey CBGS". ERST NI. Edmund Rice Schools Trust. Retrieved 15 November 2021.

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